Maine Maritime forward Makayla Lewis is the 2018 Women's Soccer Player of the Year, joined by teammate Susana DeFrank as the Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas College freshman Katherine Hoving is the Rookie of the Year.
In a vote of the conference coaches and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs), UMaine-Farmington senior Lydia Roy was honored as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Head Coach Deb Biche-Labbe was selected by her peers as the Coach of the Year, and eight student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.
Women's Soccer Head Coaches vote for All-Conference selections.
2018 NAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year is senior forward Makayla Lewis of Maine Maritime Academy. Lewis caps off a stellar four-year career that started with Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, added All-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior, and ends with First-Team All-Conference and Player of the Year recognition. Lewis scored 11 goals this season and doled out a league-leading 13 assists for 35 points. She has 46 goals and 28 assists for 120 points over her career. Lewis was highlighted as the NAC Player of the Week twice (September 9 & 30) for her offensive prowess and looks to lead the Mariners to their first NAC Championship ever.
The 2018 NAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year honors go to senior Susana DeFrank of Maine Maritime Academy. DeFrank has been a First Team All-Conference selection four years in a row - the only Mariner to achieve that standard in program history. She was twice recognized this season as the Defensive Player of the Week (September 9 & 23) for leading a defensive unit that has a 0.72 goals-against average and earned nine shutout victories, five against NAC opponents. DeFrank has also been a force offensively, chipping in three goals and four assists for ten points. DeFrank and the Mariners hope to bring home the NAC trophy for the first time.
Thomas College freshman Katherine Hoving was selected to be the 2018 NAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year. Hoving scored an astounding 27 goals in her first collegiate season, leading the NAC by eight goals. She also set up teammates with seven assists for a league leading 61 points. Hoving is an offensive force to be reckoned with, firing off 94 shots and placing 61 on goal. She started in all 15 games for the Terriers and was recognized as the NAC Rookie of the Week three times (Sept 2, 9, 23), and as Player of the Week on October 21 when she scored her fourth hat trick of the season. A First Team All-Conference honoree, Hoving is a key part of the team that earned the No. 1 seed and will lead the quest for the first NAC trophy in program history.
University of Maine- Farmington standout Lydia Roy is the 2018 NAC Women's Soccer Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Roy has earned Highest Honors Dean's List for all six semesters thus far. She maintains a 3.88 GPA as an Applied Math major and is completing an internship with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as a Data Analyst. She is a member of a team that has won three consecutive United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards and that had the highest cumulative GPA of all athletic teams (3.4) at UMF in 2017-2018. Roy also collected First Team All-Conference honors for her prowess on the pitch, scoring eight goals (all in conference games) and setting up five more for 21 points. She started in all 18 goals, nailed the only penalty kick she took, and scored two game-winning goals for the Beavers.
The coaches selected their peer Thomas College head coach Deb Biche-Labbe as the 2018 NAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. Coach of the NAC Rookie of the Year and four All-Conference selections, Biche-Labbe earns her first NAC Coach of the Year honors. The Terriers ended the 2017 campaign with a 4-12 record and missed out on a playoff spot, but have rocketed to a 10-4-1 (.700) record overall and 6-0-1 (.929) in the NAC in 2018. Biche-Labbe leads the Terriers into the playoffs with the top seed and hosting rights. Her defense has allowed only 18 goals (1.16 goals-against average) all season while the offense has put 51 (3.4 goals per game) in the net. Thomas women were recognized with weekly honors six times and look to bring the NAC championship trophy to Waterville for the first time, as they go into the tournament with a 5-1-1 record on home turf.
Joining Lewis, DeFrank, Hoving and Roy on the All-Conference First Team are McKenna Brodeur, UMaine-Farmington; Cassie Contigiani & Taznae Fubler, Thomas; Eryn Doiron, Margot Simeon & Emily Conway of Maine Maritime; and Alex Speed, Husson.
Second team honorees include Kelsey Cauchon, Northern Vermont-Johnson; Madison Rowe & Jaedyn Ossont, SUNY Canton; Jessica Hillman & Kelsey Jacobs, Northern Vermont-Lyndon; Ashley Gleason & Morgann Tortorella, UMaine-Farmington; Mackenzie St. Pierre & Sami Ireland, Husson; Miranda McIntire, Maine Maritime; and Samantha Griffin, Thomas.
The NAC Women's Soccer Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees have positively affected the soccer culture and environment, and clearly demonstrate sportsmanship and integrity.
2018 NAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams
|First Team All-Conference|
|F- Makayla Lewis||Senior||Purcellville, Virginia||Maine Maritime|
|F- McKenna Brodeur||Sophomore||Oakland, Maine||UMaine-Farmington|
|F- Cassie Contigiani||Senior||Belmont, New Hampshire||Thomas|
|M- Eryn Doiron||Junior||Wilton, Maine||Maine Maritime|
|M- Lydia Roy||Senior||Waterville, Maine||UMaine-Farmington|
|M- Katherine Hoving||Freshman||Bristol, Maine||Thomas|
|M- Margot Simeon||Freshman||Findlay, Ohio||Maine Maritime|
|D- Alex Speed||Senior||Guilford, Maine||Husson|
|D- Susana DeFrank||Senior||Temecula, California||Maine Maritime|
|D- Taznae Fubler||Sophomore||Smiths, Bermuda||Thomas|
|GK- Emily Conway||Sophomore||Charleston, South Carolina||Maine Maritime|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|F- Kelsey Cauchon||Junior||Colchester, Vermont||Northern Vermont-Johnson|
|F- Madison Rowe||Sophomore||Brushton, New York||SUNY Canton|
|F- Jessica Hillman||Junior||Gardiner, Maine||Northern Vermont- Lyndon|
|M- Ashley Gleason||Junior||Scarborough, Maine||UMaine Farmington|
|M- Mackenzie St. Pierre||Freshman||Waterville, Maine||Husson|
|M- Jaedyn Ossont||Senior||Turin, New York||SUNY Canton|
|D- Miranda McIntire||Senior||Alna, Maine||Maine Maritime|
|D- Morgann Tortorella||Junior||Waterville, Maine||UMaine-Farmington|
|D- Kelsey Jacobs||Junior||Braintree, Vermont||Northern Vermont- Lyndon|
|D- Samantha Griffin||Senior||Union, Maine||Thomas|
|GK- Sami Ireland||Sophomore||Howland, Maine||Husson|
|Player of the Year
|Makayla Lewis||Senior||Purcellville, Virginia||Maine Maritime|
|Defensive Player of the Year|
|Susana DeFrank||Senior||Temecula, California||Maine Maritime|
|Rookie of the Year|
|Katherine Hoving||Freshman||Bristol, Maine||Thomas|
|Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year|
|Lydia Roy||Senior||Waterville, Maine||UMaine-Farmington|
|Coach of the Year|
|Jenny Ward||Junior||Saranac Lake, New York||SUNY Canton|
|Emily Kelley||Sophomore||Shapleight, Maine||UMaine-Farmington|
|Morgan Carver||Sophomore||Gardiner, Maine||Husson University|
|Christina Wheelock||Junior||Eden, Vermont||Northern Vermont-Johnson|
|Victoria McCormack||Sophomore||East Lyme, Connecticut||Northern Vermont-Lyndon|
|Allison Boulier||Senior||Bangor, Maine||Maine Maritime Academy|
|Mikayla Churchill||Senior||Washburn, Maine||UMaine-Presque Isle|
|Sam Cleaves||Senior||North Yarmouth, Maine||Thomas College|
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